For our generation, and those younger than us as well, standardized testing has been a fact of life. The thing about standardized tests though (ask anyone who has been through this torture and they will tell you), it’s not really a very good indicator of a person’s intelligence or capability. Rather, standardized tests, test your ability to perform on said tests. This article breaks this down and talks about how those who usually perform better in school, perform worse on these tests due to their incapability of performing under stress and pressure. On the other hand, those who do score well on standardized tests and the ones who are fueled by stress and pressure.
An interesting excerpt:
-Pg 5: Standardized testing is competition that threatens. Since the only real thing anyone cares about in said test is the score( as opposed to the learning process, or the knowledge gained by studying for/taking said test), even those who normally enjoy competition and performing under pressure may get weighed down by the stress these tests pose.